Making peace

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Many of you are familiar with the Audiophile’s dilemma: well recorded music sounds better on a high-end system and poorly recorded music sounds worse.

It’s the problem of extremes: a high-end system extends the extremes – better sounds better, worse sounds worse.

The problem with this lack of homogenizing is we tend to restrict what we listen to and from a musical enjoyment standpoint that’s not ideal and really limits our enjoyment of the musical library – a problem made worse by having a music server setup where the world of music is available at your fingertips.

I know this may sound obvious to some of you, but here’s what I’ve figured out so I can have both. Because I simply cannot bring myself to sit and seriously listen to a bad recording, I just take the “serious” out of the listening and am happy. That means when I go to play a group of tracks they are chosen either as background music or as serious music. If I want a listening session, I choose only recordings that make the system sing. If I just want music, it’s in the background and that’s just peachy.

For me it solves a longtime dilemma and I am enjoying it more.